The Smithers Recreation Hockey League finished off their season with a nail bitter as Colderwood Reality took on the Iron Heads last weekend at the Smithers Civic Arena.
“We always look forward to that tournament cause that’s when rec. hockey is at one the more intense moments,” said Colderwood forward Jesse Butler. “Once a year it’s a little more fast paced and rougher for rec hockey.”
Considered the underdogs of the final game, Calderwoood surprised even themselves with their victory and second straight championship finish. After blasting through the Moricetown Canyon Bears, Fire Chickens and the Number Crunchers Calderwood went up against one of the toughest teams in the league. Stacked with a few Steelhead players, they knew it would be a tough one to beat.
“We played great,” said Butler. “We played well as a team for a bunch of mid ranked hockey players. We’re definitely not the most skilled team in the league but we were that day.”
Racking up a couple of quick ones and with a few huge saves from netminder Cash Harris, Calderwood went on to defeat the Iron Heads 3-2 to capture the coveted Rec. Hockey Ice Bucket.
“We were an underdog for sure,” Butler said. “They had five or six Steelhead players on their team and we had less skilled players, but I felt we worked as a team real well.”